Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Concerns at Public Events

February 2, 2016

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks against large gatherings, particularly music festivals in Mali.  The Festival au Désert, scheduled to be held in Timbuktu, was recently canceled due to security concerns.  Music festivals in other unsecured locations outside of Bamako, such as the Festival sur le Niger in Segou, are vulnerable to terrorist attacks. 

The U.S. Embassy advises against all travel to Mali, especially outside of Bamako.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

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